Speedy Rio showdown ahead in women's 200 meters

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Women's track and field events will occupy most of the Olympic primetime line-up Wednesday night, with medals being handed out in three high profile events.

The victor will face Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst at 11:59 p.m.

Team USA will take on a different Brazilian team, composed of Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes, in the bronze medal match at 9 p.m. Bowie is coming off a silver in the 100. Brittney Reese, the defending Olympic champion, will compete in the women's long jump while 41-year-old Bernard Lagat runs in the first round of the 5,000.

The decathlon starts Wednesday with American Ashton Eaton a favorite for gold. She previously took gold at the Beijing and London Games. And so far he's 1 for 1 in Rio.

After leading by just 10 at half, the USA women's basketball team pulled away and crushed Japan 110-64 to advance to the Olympic semifinals.

And Brazilian police said Tuesday they have not been able to find witnesses to the reported robbery at gunpoint of US swimmer Ryan Lochte and several teammates, an incident that took place late Saturday or early Sunday morning after the completion of the Olympic swimming events.

Their opponents, unexpected finalists who outlasted the 2012 London Olympic runners-up Japan in full five games Monday in the semis, however, should be satisfied after settling for a silver, a first ever Olympic medal in history for Germany's women paddlers. It's been a rocky road for the team - starting with two draws (South Africa, Iraq) but following with shutout wins over Denmark and Colombia.

Nigeria and Germany play in the other semifinal, with all four teams aiming for the gold medal match on Saturday.

China is looking to cement its domination of table tennis by repeating in Rio what it did in London: sweeping gold in the singles and team competitions.

US gymnast Simone Biles won her fourth gold medal of the 2016 Olympic games in the floor-exercise competition Tuesday.

Keeping in mind that German Chinese Han Ying is the top force on the other end of the table, Kong opted for Liu to follow up Li Xiaoxia in the opening two games, rather than newly crowned singles champion Ding Ning, who's not as good as the duo at playing choppers. The women's team competition continues Wednesday, and if China wins, as widely expected, it will have taken all the golds in play in Rio. Host Brazil, which only advanced on the final day of preliminary play, takes on South American rival Argentina.

The women have all the best players.

All of golf's top women have come to Rio de Janeiro, unlike the men, but they will have to work hard to produce an Olympic golf tournament matching the men's sensational performance. New Zealand's world No. 1 Lydia Ko has said she is thrilled to be here. Canada plays defending Olympic champion Russian Federation while Italy faces Olympic first-timer Iran. The Americans have three players, including Stacy Lewis.

Indoors on the men's side, the US faces Poland in the quarterfinals after they reversed a poor start in pool play to win their final three matches. Canada, back in the Olympics for the first time since 1992, plays defending Olympic champion Russian Federation in the opening quarterfinal at 10 a.m.

Top American boxer Claressa Shields fights for the first time in the tournament.

Also Tuesday, The International Olympic Committee announced it has stripped Russian Federation of a gold medal awarded in the 2008 Olympics in the women's 4x100 sprint relay.

Since the London Games, taekwondo officials have made a few tweaks to the Korean martial art, turning the fight area from a rectangle into an octagon and awarding an extra point for any back kick.

It's the riders' first chances to see the course since the International Cycling Union said that there was no damage from a wildfire this week that would "affect the competition or the integrity of the venue".